Chavez party proposes same legislative chief

Associated Press
A heart-shaped mural shows an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez hugging a woman in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Chavez hasn't spoken publicly or been seen since his Dec. 11 operation in Cuba, and the latest report from his government Thursday night increased speculation that he is unlikely to attend his Jan. 10 inaugural ceremony. The message above the mural reads in Spanish; "Love is repaid with love." (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Allies of President Hugo Chavez are proposing to keep the same National Assembly president — a man who could be in line to step in as a caretaker leader in some circumstances.

Saturday's session could give clues to the future of the country amid uncertainty about the health of ailing President Hugo Chavez.

Just five days remain until Chavez's scheduled inauguration on Thursday and government officials are suggesting the swearing-in could be delayed.

Pro-Chavez lawmaker Fernando Soto Rojas said the socialist party wants Diosdado Cabello to remain as legislative leader. He's a firm loyalist of the president. Chavez's allies hold a majority of the 165 congressional seats.

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